Mathew Barzal

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Penalties, Poor Start Doom T-Birds In Loss

Through the first three games, Seattle did an effective job of staying out of the penalty box and not handing the offensive juggernaut of Portland unnecessary man-advantages. That was not the case in Game 4.

1090 The Fan–04/03/2015

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T-Birds Take Crucial Game 3

Seattle defenseman Jerret Smith scored twice, including an empty-net goal at 18:34 of the third period, to give the T-Birds a 2-1 series lead.

1090 The Fan–04/01/2015

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With First Two-Goal Game, Barzal Leads Seattle To Game 1 Victory

Barzal scored scored the game-winning goal at 17:18 to cap a late third-period rally by the lower-seeded Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–03/29/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (right) took home the team's Most Valuable Player Award Saturday after a season in which he posted a 2.41 goals against average in 60 games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Earns MVP At Thunderbirds Annual Year-End Awards Ceremony

The biggest award, though, went to overage goaltender Taran Kozun. Kozun, 20, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after a season in which he finished with a 2.41 goals against average.

1090 The Fan–03/23/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (right) shoots against Portland goaltender Adin Hill (left) during the second period of Saturday's game. Gropp scored two goals, including here, in Seattle's 6-3 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Continues Hot Streak As Seattle Drops Portland

Seattle completed its regular-season series with the Winterhawks with a superior 7-4-1-0 record over their bitter Interstate-5 rival. The series was really a tale of two halves with the T-Birds winning five of the first six and Portland taking four of the final six.

1090 The Fan–03/22/2015

Thunderbirds center Scott Eansor (right) presses Silvertips forward Dawson Leedahl into the glass last week. Eansor scored four points in Seattle's 7-3 win over Tri-City Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Alexander True Returns, Eansor-Line Scores

True, 17, played sparingly Tuesday in his first game action since suffering a wrist fracture January 13 against Spokane.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

Seattle forward Roberts Lipsbergs celebrates the first of his two third-period goals Tuesday. The goal put the Thunderbirds in front of Tri-City 4-3 and the team never trailed again. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Eansor’s Hat Trick Carries Seattle Over Tri-City

Eansor capped a four-goal third period for Seattle (35-25-4-5) with the easiest goal of the bunch. His empty-net goal tallied his first career Western Hockey League hat trick in an eventual 7-3 victory over their U.S. division-rival in front of 6,084 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (left) shoves Victoria forward Austin Carroll (right) in a game in February. Wardley has been on the ice in all but three games since his second suspension served in November, something head coach Steve Konowalchuk has mandated. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Physical Presence Of Evan Wardley Huge For Thunderbirds As Playoffs Approach

Wardley’s hits set the tone for the way Seattle likes to play. Because of his presence, Seattle is able to match up well with most top lines around the Western Hockey League. When Wardley is on the ice, opponents notice.

1090 The Fan–03/05/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) watches the puck as he attempts to skate past Portland defenseman Layne Viveiros during Saturday's game. Gropp and his linemates Keegan Kolesar and Scott Eansor created numerous scoring opportunities but could not put a shot past goaltender Adin Hill. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of Points

In the 12 games over the month of February, the unit’s scoring production wasn’t consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (left) peers to his left where Portland's Miles Koules (right) prepares to shoot at an open net. Turner Ottenbreit (center) is all that stands in Koules' way. Portland secured a 5-2 win over rival Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Rival Portland Hands Thunderbirds Third Consecutive Loss At Home

The seven point difference separating Seattle (31-23-4-4) and Portland grew to nine with Seattle’s 5-2 loss Saturday in front of 5,035 at the ShoWare Center. With 10 games to play, the deficit appears insurmountable.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

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